Field Meetings

NB Lectures are listed below the field meetings

Field meetings are open to  members only. All members are welcome giving opportunities to pursue specific interests and learn about biodiversity in different habitats and the relationships between species involved.
Reports of past excursions can be found on this website (under  NEWS items).

Field meetings for 2018 are listed below.

Please note the following precautions: stout footwear and suitable outdoor clothing should always be worn.  Bring plenty of food and drink, with sun blocker and insect repellent when relevant.  Members take part entirely at their own risk and are responsible for their personal safety and the security of their personal belongings.

Of course the weather can never be guaranteed, so some events may have to be altered slightly to work around any inclement precipitations!  Also note that return times are approximate only.

Notes for meetings led by June Atkinson:

Enquiries to her on 01423 885612 or mobile 07811 929925

Pick-up point for minibus and coach outings: meet at York Place Car Park, off York Road, Knaresborough – behind Marquis of Granby pub. Car parking charge: £1.60 all day. Please have exact money for the machine.

Booking form for trips on 20 Feb, 7 August and 4 September

Please note that the price for the bookable trips is now £17, not £15 as advertised. This is due to increased operator charges.

Notes for all the ‘botanical’ field trips

A packed lunch is required; events would normally finish around 4:00. Please email or ‘phone the organiser to say you are coming, this will make it possible to car share – many of the venues have little parking; also changes to the printed programme may have occurred. Please bring next-of-kin name and phone number.

Contact details: Muff = 01423 340 694; Kerry = 01423 540267

Mosses, liverworts and other wildlife - venue TBA

Leader: Nick Gaunt
Advance notice, details to follow
When: Wed April 10 2019 10:00 - 16:00

Cow Myers botanical workshop

Leader: Kevin Walker
Advance notice, details to follow
When: Thu May 23 2019 10:00 - 16:00

YWT Askham Bog

Leader: Alistair Fitter
Advance notice, details to follow
When: Tue June 18 2019 10:00 - 16:00

Botanical field trip

Leader: Richard Campbell
Advance notice, details to follow
When: Tue June 25 2019 10:00 - 16:00

South Gare flora and fauna

Leader: David Barlow
Advance notice, details to follow
When: Mon July 1 2019 10:00 - 16:00

National Meadows Day at Farnham Gravel Pit

Advance notice, details to follow
When: Sat July 6 2019 10:00 - 16:00

Botanical workshop

Leader: Kevin Walker
Advance notice, details to follow
When: Sat July 13 2019 10:00 - 16:00

YWT Brockadale

Advance notice, details to follow
When: Thu August 1 2019 10:00 - 16:00


Lectures take place at fortnightly meetings held between October and March (inclusive) in the St. Robert’s Centre, 2/3 Robert Street, Harrogate on Wednesday evenings at 7.30 p.m.  These meetings are open to members and guests; visitor’s fee is £3.00. All lectures start at 7.30 pm. Parking is either on the adjacent streets or, with their kind permission, in the Waitrose car park.

Garden Birds

Mike Gray
When: Wed November 21 19:30 - 21:00

Nidd Gorge

Keith Wilkinson
A walk through the study area
When: Wed December 5 19:30 - 21:00

Rain forests on four continents

Nick Gaunt
Impressions of flora and fauna of a variety of rain forests taken on personal trips around the world, with reflections on their diversity, status and future.
When: Wed January 9 2019 19:30 - 21:00

Earthworms and their balls of calcite

Mark Hodson, Univ of York
When: Wed January 23 2019 19:30 - 21:00

Wildlife of Sri Lanka

Colin Slator
When: Wed February 6 2019 19:30 - 21:00

Planning for HS2

Sara Robin, YWT Planning Officer
When: Wed February 20 2019 19:30 - 21:00

Wild Photography - Tales and Tails

Carl Watts
When: Wed March 6 2019 19:30 - 21:00

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